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Interim Mass. public health chief stepping down

Dr. Lauren Smith, appointed interim public health commissioner last fall after two scandals that rocked the agency, said Friday she will step down next month after finalizing Massachusetts’ first rules to regulate the use of medical marijuana.

Smith, who specializes in childhood health and had been the department’s medical director since 2007, wrote in an e-mail to staff members that the “last several months have been difficult” for the department and for “those of us that care deeply about this agency’s work in public health.”

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